Hannah Blythyn AM - The Shed - November 2018-16web

Great news for recyclers in RCT, as funding is announced by the Welsh Government to create a second 'Shed' in Treherbert Community Recycling Centre.

Following the huge success of 'The Shed' based in Llantrisant Community Recycling Centre, plans have now been announced to re-create the success in Treherbert.

Thanks to today's announcement by the Environment Minister, Hannah Blythyn AM, eight new projects across Wales, including the new Shed in Treherbert, will benefit from a share of £5.4m, to reduce waste and increase the amount of materials we reuse or recycle.

The Welsh Government has allocated £120,000 from its Waste & Resource Efficiency Capital Fund to create a new facility in Treherbert that will now replicate the success of 'The Shed' in Llantrisant - this will allow residents to take their unwanted items to 'The Shed' so that they can be sold-on and re-used, with a proportion of the profits going to a chosen local charity.

Treherbert CRC was opened in March 2016 as part of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s ongoing commitment to continue to increase recycling rates across the County Borough. This welcome news will further increase the facilities on offer at the centre for its residents.

'The Shed' in Llantrisant continues to go from strength to strength and has successfully given over 14.4 tonnes of household items a new lease of life - with over 7,000 items, given new homes last month alone.

In October, The Shed, based at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Recycling Centre in Llantrisant, recorded its highest ever re-use figure.

The Shed gives residents the opportunity to purchase items deposited at the Community Recycling Centre (CRC) from members of the public. From books to toys, bikes, crockery, ornaments, furniture and much more, the shop gives a new lease of life to items which had been thrown out. The shelves and floor space are always brimming with an array of items with lots of treasures ready to be discovered.

After being identified for re-use by CRC attendants and volunteers, the items are thoroughly checked to ensure they are in safe and good working order.

The re-use shop has been a huge success over the last 18 months, with over 49,500 items finding new homes and over 102 tonnes of waste being successfully diverted from landfill.

In total, The Shed helped 7,329 individual items find new homes in just one month, including a pool table, ski boots and even some musical instruments.

The fantastic news that this model can be replicated in Treherbert will mean that even more items can be saved from landfill and find new homes. The new facility will also further help to increase recycling figures in line with the Welsh Government target of 70% by 2024/25. 

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said: “'The Shed' is absolutely fantastic and has been a huge success with RCT residents and beyond. This welcome announcement is brilliant news and will mean that the success of 'The Shed' in Llantrisant can be replicated in Treherbert, resulting in even more items finding new homes and ultimately being diverted from landfill.

"I would like to congratulate everyone at ‘The Shed’ in Llantrisant on their success so far and I’m very confident that the concept of ’The Shed’ will continue to build on its huge success both now and in the future, especially with the announcement of the new facility in Treherbert.

“Our efforts are making a difference – I’m confident that through continued hard work and innovative thinking about the ways we can recycle more - like through The Shed - that we can hit the 70% target by 2024/25."

More and more people are recycling in RCT and 64% of overall waste was recycled in 2016/17 – however, more needs to be done to hit the Welsh Government’s 70% target by 2024/25, in order for the Authority to avoid significant fines. New rules to limit residents’ black bag allowance were introduced on June 4, 2018, and are being promoted through The Choice Is Clear - Everyone needs to recycle campaign.

Everyone needs to recycle, and it is estimated that three in four people in Rhondda Cynon Taf do so regularly. Over 77,000 tonnes of waste was recycled during 2016/17 - this includes items brought to Community Recycling Centres in RCT.  

Hannah Blythyn, Minister for the Environment, said:

“One of the best ways to reduce waste is to repair and refurbish items so they can be reused. The new Shed in Treherbert will complement the successful Shed in Llantrisant and help cut waste in Rhondda Cynon Taf even more.   

“The new Shed is one of a number of new Welsh projects I’m announcing, worth £5.4m, to not only reduce waste but lead to a cultural change to help achieve our ambition to become a ‘Zero Waste Nation’ by 2050.”

The Council boasts a number of CRC's right across the County Borough and all of these facilities will cater for all recycling needs – a full list of CRCs and the items they accept can be found at www.rctcbc.gov.uk/communityrecyclingcentres

All centres are manned and attendants are happy to advise residents on recycling and assist or signpost them in disposing of their household material.

All centres are open Monday – Sunday 8:00 to 19:30 from April – October and Monday – Sunday 8:00 to 17:30 from November – March.

For further information on the community recycling centres and "The Shed" visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recycling or follow "The Shed" on Facebook/Twitter. 

Posted on Thursday 22nd November 2018

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